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In Effort to Protect Racers, Backers of RPM Act Accused of Creating Loopholes

Posted September 20, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Just about everybody in Wednesday’s Congressional subcommittee hearing addressing the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act seemed to agree that nobody wants to bring an end to amateur racing and other forms of motorsports, but committee members and witnesses described the language of the act as overly broad and full of loopholes that would allow regular street-driven cars to bypass emissions controls.

“The concern with the bill isn’t whether racing conversions should be allowed,” said Alexandra Teitz, a lawyer testifying in front of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on the Environment on behalf of the Sierra Club. “The concern is whether the bill removes the EPA’s authority to enforce against defeat devices that are sold to overcome motor vehicle emissions controls. Any manufacturer could sell any device that’s a kit to convert a car… or override controls, and as long as they say it’s for the purpose of racing, the EPA couldn’t enforce against it.”

This legislation has more holes than Swiss cheese, so amateur racists, enthusiasts and even average motorists shouldn't be worried.

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09/21/2017 8:17 AM

more government intrusion into our freedoms! They have many other REAL issues they should spend their time on.

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09/21/2017 10:22 AM

Nothing more infruriating to us "personal Responsibility" types than this sort of ignorance.

" “The concern is whether the bill removes the EPA’s authority to enforce against defeat devices that are sold to overcome motor vehicle emissions controls. Any manufacturer could sell any device that’s a kit to convert a car… or override controls, and as long as they say it’s for the purpose of racing, the EPA couldn’t enforce against it.”"

I guess this lawyer has no computer access. These kits are available today. He/She apparently is not smart enough to do the research because you will not find them on a statistically significant number of vehicles currently being driven on our highways. Not too many folks want to burn premium at 8 mpg or less.

Just another example of Liberal overreach trying to manipulate the legal system into bullying Americans to toe their rather histrionic and narrow minded line.

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09/22/2017 6:09 AM

Not only are they on the market now but they are a multi billion dollar a year business in both legal and black market systems that encomapses every market of engine powered vehicle or machine now.

I know people who drive truck, farm, do heavy construction and earthmoving and more that have either aftermarket or backmarket 'cheater ' devices or reprogrammed engine control systems all in the quest to get back their machines engine power and fuel efficiency that emission compliance sacrifices.

I know farmers and truck drivers who spend $2000 - $4000+ per machine/truck to instal 'cheater' devices simply because the fuel savings in one season alone cost justifies them.

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09/22/2017 12:30 PM

The word "LAWYER" pretty much sums up the problem.

Large and medium "print" aren't good enough, they want the FINE print so precise that ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can ever be accidentally bypassed or excluded from the rules, totally circumventing any possibility of "common sense" interpretation.

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09/23/2017 7:52 AM

Then there is what happened with Harley Davidson.

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09/25/2017 1:41 PM

That's just one more example of how and why the emissions cheater market has come to be a billion plus dollar a year and growing quasi black market industry.

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